Upcoming Events

Hannah the Hippo and Ollie puppets

Arts Education

'Helpful Hannah Hippo – Don’t Give Up' with StoneLion Puppet Theatre

September 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 | Time determined by teachers/groups
Virtual or in-person workshop, or in-person performance

the members of the Miami String Quartet pose for a picture and smile

College Event

Miami String Quartet

7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2024 | Yardley Hall

Kim Ratliff holding up the book The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle

Arts Education

'The Very Creative Classroom' with Kim Ratliff

August 12, 2024 - May 31, 2025 | Five in-person sessions (50 minutes each)

3 smiling puppeteers wearing microphones hold their colorful puppets up on a tree trunk

Arts Education

StoneLion Puppet Theatre 'Kira's Song: Discovering the Blues'

August 12, 2024 - May 31, 2025 | In-person performance available November 11-14 and December 2-6. In-person workshop available Fall 2024-Spring 2025.

Kadesh Flow and Dino O'Dell stand next to each other while playing their instruments. They are positioned next to the words "MTC Kids Jam On the Road"

Arts Education

'World Connections' with Kadesh Flow and Dinosaur O'Dell

August 12, 2024 - May 31, 2025 | 45-minute live performance

members of Mariachi Estrella standing in a line. They are holding their instruments and smiling at the camera. All are wearing traditional clothing.

College Event

Light Up the Lawn: Mariachi Estrella

8:30 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2024 | Nerman Museum lawn

The members of The Freedom Affair

College Event

Light Up the Lawn: The Freedom Affair

8:30 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2024 | Nerman Museum lawn

Marty Bush rising up out of a lake while wearing a cowboy hat. He is submerged up to his beard and facing the viewer.

College Event

Light Up the Lawn: Marty Bush

8:30 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2024 | Nerman Museum lawn

a hand holds a cutout of a monster character and holds it next to a drawing of two children characters

Midwest Trust Center Series

Manual Cinema Presents 'Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster'

10 a.m. (school show) and 6 p.m. (public show) Friday, September 13, 2024 | Yardley Hall

Justin Roberts holding brightly colored paper crafts in the shapes of instruments. He is standing against a bright blue background.

Midwest Trust Center Series

MTC Kids Jam – Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players

11 a.m. Saturday, September 14, 2024 | Polsky Theatre

a group of dancers form a tight circle while standing under a blue spotlight

Midwest Trust Center Series

New Dance Partners
The Ultimate Collaboration

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 20, 2024 - September 21, 2024 | Yardley Hall

a group of men stand in formation on a stage lit with spotlights and fog while holding large drums

Midwest Trust Center Series


7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2024 | Yardley Hall

A woman sits in a chair holding a crystal ball. A man in a suit stands behind her. Both are looking at the camera. There is fog behind them and the setting is the woods.

Midwest Trust Center Series

Greg & Dana Newkirk's 'Haunted Objects Live!'

7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 2024 | Polsky Theatre

illustration of spider man with the words Across the Spiderverse Live in concert

Midwest Trust Center Series

'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' Live in Concert

7 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2024 | Yardley Hall

An empty piano on stage in an empty theater.

College Event

Recital Series - Fall 2024

Noon CDT on Mondays and Tuesdays, September 30, 2024 - November 12, 2024 | Polsky Theatre and Yardley Hall

Three actors in black pose with a skull for a studio portrait against a dark backdrop.

Midwest Trust Center Series

Hotel Elsinore

Wednesday and Thursday, October 16, 2024 - October 17, 2024 | Polsky Theatre

photo collage of performing musicians with the words Super Session

Midwest Trust Center Series

Chicago Blues SuperSession

7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19, 2024 | Polsky Theatre

Sonia De Los Santos sits on a chair in a large, striped, colorful skirt. She is holding a guitar-like instrument and smiling.

Arts Education

Sonia De Los Santos 'A Celebration of Latin America'

10 a.m. Friday, October 25, 2024 | Polsky Theatre

the members of Mariachi Herencia de Mexico

Midwest Trust Center Series

Mariachi Herencia de México
'Our Latin Thing'

7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2024 | Yardley Hall

Sonia De Los Santos stands against a beige background, and smiles while holding a guitar. She is wearing a floral dress.

Midwest Trust Center Series

MTC Kids Jam – Sonia De Los Santos

11 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2024 | Polsky Theatre

Asad Mecci and Colin Mochrie standing next to each other with the words HYPROV Improv under Hypnosis

Midwest Trust Center Series

HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis
Starring Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci

7 p.m. Sunday, November 3, 2024 | Yardley Hall

Three men wearing tuxedos sitting in chairs and playing instruments on a stage


Friends of Chamber Music Presents: Poulenc's Homage to Winds

7 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2024 | Yardley Hall

The paragon ragtime orchestra arranged in various poses around one on an old staircase. They are all wearing period clothing and holding their instruments.

Midwest Trust Center Series

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra in 'Meet Me at the Fair!: Music from the Great World's Fairs'

2 p.m. Sunday, November 17, 2024 | Yardley Hall

A parrot puppet and a parrot drawing next to the logo for What If Puppets

Midwest Trust Center Series

What If Puppets 'Shiver Me Paintbrush: A Pirate's Adventure in Art'

Wednesday-Saturday, December 4, 2024 - December 7, 2024 | Polsky Theatre

The Celts performing on a stage that is decorated for Christmas, next the words Christmas with the Celts

Midwest Trust Center Series

'Christmas with The Celts'

7:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 10, 2024 | Yardley Hall

a dancer portraying the mouse king jumps up and reaches one hand out toward the camera. He is wearing a yellow and black checkered suit and is holding a checkered flag above his head. He looks intensely mischievous.

Midwest Trust Center Series

Owen/Cox Dance Group 'The Nutcracker & the Mouse King'

7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, December 13, 2024 - December 15, 2024 | Polsky Theatre

 a graphic collage showing a town street in the snow, with a circle with a Celtic style Christmas tree and the words Christmas in Killarney An Irish Christmas Celebration

Midwest Trust Center Series

'Christmas in Killarney' (Canceled)

December 14, 2024 | Yardley Hall

What If Puppets Digital Educational Series

Arts Education

'In the Workshop' presented by What If Puppets

January 1, 2025 - May 31, 2025 | 45-minute live performance and asynchronous digital performance

Krista Tatschl Eyler smiles while holding a guitar. She is standing against an orange background.

Midwest Trust Center Series

MTC Kids Jam – Funky Mama

11 a.m. Saturday, January 18, 2025 | Polsky Theatre

Six members of Hiplet Ballerinas of Chicago pose on stage with one arm raised in the air. They are wearing black and the stage is foggy.

Midwest Trust Center Series

Hiplet Ballerinas

10 a.m. (school show) and 7:30 p.m. (public show) Friday, January 24, 2025 | Yardley Hall

The three members of Time for Three pose for a picture next to a large picture window. They are wearing suits and holding their instruments. They are bathed in a soft light.

Midwest Trust Center Series

Time for Three

7 p.m. Sunday, January 26, 2025 | Polsky Theatre

black and white photo of three musicians sitting on drums that say Let Me Out

Midwest Trust Center Series

Balaklava Blues

7 p.m. Sunday, February 2, 2025 | Polsky Theatre

a man dressed as Elton John is seen from behind and sitting at a piano


Tom's Elton Tribute

7 p.m.. Tuesday, February 4, 2025 | Yardley Hall

head and shoulders picture of three musicians of NOLA songbook

Midwest Trust Center Series

Winterlude Jazz Festival featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center PRESENTS: 'New Orleans Songbook'

7 p.m. Sunday, February 16, 2025 | Yardley Hall

Hero: the boy from troy a new musical about young John Lewis. Book by Nambie E. Kelley. Music and Lyrics by Joe Plummer.

Arts Education

'Hero: The Boy From Troy'

10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2025 | Yardley Hall

an illustration of the Addams family characters next to the words The Addams Family a musical comedy

Midwest Trust Center Series

'The Addams Family'

7:30 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2025 | Yardley Hall

Alisa Amador smiles while singing and playing guitar. She is wearing a gingham dress and is standing if front of a bright blue background.

Midwest Trust Center Series

Alisa Amador Trio

7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2025 | Polsky Theatre

side by side photos of each ensemble - in each photo the five members of the ensemble are standing in a row holding their instruments

Midwest Trust Center Series

Imani Winds and Boston Brass

7 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2025 | Yardley Hall

The five members of the band Goitse standing in a row and looking at the camera

Midwest Trust Center Series


7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2025 | Polsky Theatre

Dancers in traditional dress next to the words Artist Management Partners Worldwide presents Rhythm India Bollywood and Beyond A production of Joya Kazi Unlimited

Midwest Trust Center Series

Rhythm India: Bollywood and Beyond

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2025 | Yardley Hall

Pierce Freelon smiles and dances in front of a bright orange background.

Midwest Trust Center Series

MTC Kids Jam – Pierce Freelon

11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2025 | Polsky Theatre

collage showing a scene from the movie Dirty Dancing layered over a photo of a band on stage and the words Dirty Dancing in Concert Have the Time of your life! The film with live band and singers - Lionsgate copyright 2003 lions gate entertainment, all rights reserved

Midwest Trust Center Series

'Dirty Dancing in Concert'

7 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2025 | Yardley Hall

LA Theatre Works, Susan A Loewenberg Producing Director, A Room with a view by E.M. Forster Adapted by Kate McAll,

Midwest Trust Center Series

L.A. Theatre Works 'A Room with a View'
Adapted by Kate McAll

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2025 | Polsky Theatre

an Aretha Franklin impersonator stands on stage with her hands upraised in front of lit up letters that spell out respect

Midwest Trust Center Series

'R.E.S.P.E.C.T. — A Celebration of the Music of Aretha Franklin'

7 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2025 | Yardley Hall

illustration of a unicorn silhouette and a ring with the words Maya and the Magic Ring next to the logo for the Lyric Opera KC. Also includes the words An Opera for Families, Music by Lori Laitman, Libretto by Dana Gioia

Midwest Trust Center Series

Lyric Opera of Kansas City 'Maya and the Magic Ring'

Thursday-Sunday, March 27, 2025 - March 30, 2025 | Polsky Theatre

a large, celebratory group of musicians poses in an art studio with yellow walls and many art works surrounding them

Midwest Trust Center Series

Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2025 | Yardley Hall

illustrations of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton in pink and purple silhouettes

Midwest Trust Center Series

Trailblazing Women of Country: From Patsy to Loretta to Dolly
Featuring Nashville-based singer Kristina Train

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2025 | Yardley Hall

circus performers pose on stage with the words Omnium A Bold New Circus

Midwest Trust Center Series

Omnium Circus 'I'm Possible'

10 a.m. (school show) and 7 p.m. (public show) Friday, April 11, 2025 | Yardley Hall

The three members of Uptown walk down a street next to a brick building. All three men are wearing blue jackets.

Midwest Trust Center Series


7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2025 | Yardley Hall

performers on stage - a woman carrying a basket walks past three other people, two of whom are standing holding baskets and another who is on her knees with arms outstretched

Midwest Trust Center Series

'The Pa'akai We Bring'

Friday and Saturday, April 25, 2025 - April 26, 2025 | Yardley Hall

Collage of portraits and a film poster featuring a shark in the ocean

Midwest Trust Center Series

esk and Silverback Films present 'Our Planet Live – A Netflix Documentary Series' with Dan Tapster

Thursday and Friday, May 1, 2025 - May 2, 2025 | Polsky Theatre

Ben Gundersheimer on stage with a guitar and a banner behind him that reads Mister G

Midwest Trust Center Series

MTC Kids Jam – Mister G

11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2025 | Polsky Theatre

The four members of Opus 76 standing in the Midwest Trust Center lobby wearing formal clothes and holding their instruments

Midwest Trust Center Series

Opus 76 Quartet with David Kim, violin

2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2025 | Polsky Theatre

Upward looking picture of two men on top of a dirt hill with the blue sky in the background. One is squatting and one is sitting; both are looking down toward the camera and both are wearing cowboy hats.

Midwest Trust Center Series

The Brother Brothers

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2025 | Polsky Theatre